Substitutions: Recipe Ingredient Substitutions: Cooking + Baking


Stuck without a needed ingredient? Here's a list of common substitutions. Your results may be a little different than usual, especially in baking.

YOGURT is a miracle-worker. Use it instead of...

Mayonnaise 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard + 1 cup plain Yogurt, salt and pepper
Sour cream Plain or vanilla yogurt + 1 teaspoon Baking soda added to dry ingredients
Cream cheese Put plain Yogurt in a coffee filter-lined strainer over a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate 24 hours. Save the whey for baking!
Soup base 2 tablespoons Flour + 1 cup plain Yogurt

General Substitutions

1 teaspoon Baking powder One-third teaspoon Baking soda + one-half teaspoon Cream of tartar
1 cup Cake flour 1 cup less 2 tablespoons all-purpose Flour
1 tablespoon Flour for thickening 1 1/2 teaspoons Cornstarch or arrowroot
1 1/2 teaspoons Arrowroot 1 tablespoon Flour + 1 1/2 teaspoons Cornstarch
1 cup self-raising Flour 1 cup all-purpose Flour plus 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking powder and one-half teaspoon Salt
Whole eggs 2 egg whites for each whole egg + 1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
1 cup Sour cream One-third cup melted Butter + three-quarters cup Buttermilk
1 cup Buttermilk 1 cup Milk mixed with 1 tablespoon white Vinegar; let stand 10 minutes. Or 1 cup Yogurt
1 oz. Baking chocolate 3 tablespoons Cocoa + 1 tablespoon Shortening or butter
1 cup dry bread Crumbs Three-quarters cup fine cracker Crumbs
1 teaspoon Lemon juice One-half teaspoon white Vinegar
1 clove Garlic One-eighth teaspoon Garlic powder
1 tablespoons fresh Herbs 1 teaspoon dried Herbs
1 teaspoon Allspice One-half teaspoon Cinnamon and one-half teaspoon ground Cloves
1 cup honey 1 1/4 cups Sugar + one-quarter cup Water
1 cup light corn Syrup 1 1/4 cups light brown Sugar and one-third cup Water
1 cup dark corn Syrup Three-quarters cup light corn Syrup plus one-quarter cup Molasses OR 1 cup light corn syrup plus 1 tablespoon brown Sugar